I don’t understand why ABC Family has repeated some of the feature films because there are so many other ridiculously, amazing movies that could fit into the time slots.
One of my favorite movies of all time, which I think should definitely be on the list is Stardust with Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and ….someone else who I won’t mention because it is an awesome surprise! - Such a fun, magical movie – Definitely recommend it.
Here’s My 31 Days of Halloween Movie List:
Beware of people with purple eyes!!
(note: I threw a couple tv series in there because I think they are Halloween worthy)
Escape to Witch Mountain
The Sword in the Stone
Goosebumps (especially the Haunted Mask episode)
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The Wizard of Oz
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
The Worst Witch
Little Nemo (not to be confused with Finding Nemo)
Phantom of the Opera
Ernest Scared Stupid
Goosebumps tagline: “If looks could kill…”
Lord of the Rings
Friday the 13th
The Exorcist (1973)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Halloween (the old ones)
I think that the first half of the movies could be considered family Halloween movies, but I wouldn’t recommend the 2nd half for kids.
I love the 1931 Dracula – the expressions are amazing
Also, as an extra, I’m adding: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown because it’s only 25 min. long.
This is the time of year that I look forward to in terms of movies. ABC Family starts 13 Nights of Halloween with so many of the best Halloween movies! Here is the lineup.
It kicks off today! Wednesday, October 19 @ 8 (EST) -
Pretty Little Liars Halloween Special (W: Oct. 19 @ 8pm)
Hocus Pocus (Th: Oct. 20 @ 9pm)
Beetlejuice (F: Oct. 21 @ 9pm)
The Addams Family (S: Oct. 22 @ 8pm)
Coraline (Su: Oct. 23 @ 8pm)
Bewitched (M: Oct. 24 @ 6:30pm)
The Haunted Mansion (T: Oct. 25 @ 7pm)
Monsters Inc (W: Oct. 26 @ 7pm)
Scooby-Doo (Th: Oct. 27 @ 9pm)
The Addams Family (F: Oct. 28 @ 7pm)
Hocus Pocus (S: Oct. 29 @ 8pm)
Van Helsing (Mischief Night – Su: Oct. 30 @ 8pm)
Casper (Halloween: – M: Oct. 31 @ 7pm)
All of these movies are being repeated throughout the 13 days…
Tuesday, October 18
The Sixth Sense @ 8:30pm
Saturday, October 22
The Little Vampire @ 8am
Jumanji @ 10am
The Goonies @ 12:30pm
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory @ 3pm
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory @ 5:30pm
The Addams Family Values @ 10pm
Death Becomes Her @ 12am
Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back...
Sunday, October 23Teen Witch @ 7am
The Nightmare Before Christmas @ 4:30pm
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride @ 6pm
Monday, October 24
Practical Magic @ 8:30pm
Saturday, October 29
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Movie @ 8am
Matilda @ 6pm
Out of all of these movies, my favorites are: Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Practical Magic.
I’ve put Death Becomes Her onto my “to-watch” list because Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn are in it (love them)! Surprisingly, I have also never seen The Goonies, which I understand is a classic so I’m looking forward to that one.
I can’t vouch for: Pretty Little Liars, Van Helsing, The Little Vampire, or Teen Witch.
Stay tuned for my list of the 13 best Halloween movies! (coming soon!)
If I had my own house or at least a bigger apartment, I would definitely throw a Witch’s Brew & Bake party. The theme would revolve around Halloween and alcohol based drinks and food. This would be a great girls night or pregame. Everyone could dress up as a witch and bring something to drink or eat- buy or make, it doesn’t matter!
Here are a few things that could be at the party:
Whiskey and Cider – I love this fall drink. If you haven’t tried it, then you should.
Pumpkin Ale – There are so many to choose from! Pumpkin Ale is by far my favorite type of seasonal beer. I like Saranac Pumpkin Ale, but this year I want to try Ichabod Pumpkin Ale.
Chocolate Stout Pumpkin Brownies – I just tried this healthy beer recipe from Women’s Health. It was an easy, healthy recipe if you follow the serving size suggestions.
Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – I bought it because of the colors and the scarecrow on it. It’s actually really delicious (about $11)
I live in the small 2nd floor apartment in an old house. In the kitchen there is this weird hidden door. I didn’t notice it when I first moved in because it has been painted over and blends in with the wall. It almost looks like it was a fireplace at one point because it has mantle like features, but instead of the firebox opening, there is a door instead. I tried unlatching it once to see what was behind it, but it is solidly stuck. I figure this is a good thing for 2 reasons. 1. I don’t want to get charged a fee for damaging anything at the end of my lease and 2. I don’t want to end up like Eleanor in The Haunting. Seriously.
Since it’s Halloween, I’ve decided to creep myself out even more by making it look extra spooky. I wanted cheap halloween decorations so I decided I would go to Michael’s to buy some craft supplies. I intended to buy white or ivory cheesecloth, black crepe paper streamers, and black candlesticks. I am not familiar with the setup of this store so I ended up looking around EVERYWHERE for these items (plus I got distracted by some of the neat stuff). I couldn’t find any employees to ask where they were located so finally, an hour later I found a manager who told me that they don’t carry streamers or cheesecloth…WHAT?! After the huge waste of time, I settled for White Spider Webs instead of cheesecloth and headed over to Party City where I got the streamers and the candlesticks.
White Spider Webs ($2.29)
2 81 ft. Black Streamers ($0.89 ea.) **this depends on the size of your mantle**
Roll out black streamer across the top of your mantle so that it lays flat – leave extra to hang off either end
Push pin it in place on both sides
Cut out as many uneven streamer strips as it takes to go the width of the mantle
Poster tape the top of each strip to the flat black streamer that you pinned on the top of the mantle (so the tape doesn’t damage the mantle itself)
Cut tiny random slits 3/4 of the way up the streamer strips to make them jagged
With your hands, squish the streamer strips in sections 3/4 of the way up to make them tattered
Stretch white spider webs across the top from push pin to push pin and stretch out (I put another push pin into the center too)
Decorate with accessories
tell me this isn't creepy...
These homemade Halloween decorations were easy to do (even for me). I bought 2 sets of the candles because I might actually want to light them and also because the sets are tied with a pretty orange ribbon that I used to tie around the candle holders. Obviously – if you have a real fireplace, make sure you don’t light your streamers or ribbons on fire.
Also, because the top looked a little bare, I added a creepy looking Korean collectors doll to the middle.
My next purchase will probably be some kind of scary poster (maybe one of those cool ones that change when you walk by) unless I muster up the energy to drive home and get that old painting of a General that is somewhere in my basement.
I went to the Christmas Tree Shop to buy curtains, and then got preoccupied with all of the cheap Halloween decorations. I am a recent college graduate on a budget so even though I was hoping to buy some nice Fall flowers to put on my kitchen table, it’s not realistic to keep having to replace them when they die. The Christmas Tree Shop is full of inexpensive things so when I saw the fake flowers I had an idea of an easy, cheap way to decorate my kitchen table.
Christmas Tree Shop Centerpiece:
Fake flowers – I loved the colors of the orange and purple fake flowers so I grabbed a couple bunches
2 Eek & Eyeball Halloween decorations
1 Light up ghost tin can/bucket decoration
All of this cost around $10.
The flowers I chose were too big for the makeshift vase so I used cutting pliers to adjust the length to fit. You probably have a pair in your toolbox.
On a sidenote: the skulls table cloth is from target: $14.99
...and changes colors!!
The BOO lights up!...
So that is how I created my Eerie Eyeball Centerpiece. It was cheap, easy and will make me happy this entire month.
I love that the BOO lights up and changes colors, and that I don’t have to clean up dying flowers ever!
When I was looking for Halloween dessert recipes I came across this really simple, easy one on Mom Endeavors via Pinterest. I figured it looked easy enough for me to try… soooo this is my attempt. I dedicate my Spider Websticks to the huge spider that lives outside my window.. I’ve named him Ferdinand. Ferdinand has made the most elaborate web and I love it. It’s hard to get a good picture of him because he is so popular (and a huge backstabber) – he leaves in the morning and is gone all day.
For 6 Spider WebSticks You Need:
little pretzel sticks (not rods)
white chocolate/bark candy coating - I used 1 bar of Ghirardelli White Chocolate and didn’t have enough
chocolate (baker’s, candy coating, or chips would probably all work)
baggie or pastry bag - I used a freezer bag
At least my spider looks good
Make room in your fridge for a few trays of completed Spider WebSticks so that they can harden afterwards.
Lay out a few trays with wax paper
Arrange sticks in a asterick * type web (I used 8 sticks)
Melt the white chocolate & put into baggie
Cut off the tip of the baggie
Connect the sticks together in the center by squeezing out dollops of white chocolate onto pretzel stick ends (make sure you cover each stick)
Pipe out spirals of white chocolate to make the spider web
Put 2 raisins in the center of web as the spider’s body
Melt the chocolate & put in baggie
Cut off tip of baggie and pipe out spider legs (I worked outside to inside so I could cover up any mess)
Completely coat raisins with chocolate for spider’s body
Place in fridge a few minutes to harden, peel off, and ENJOY!
Oops (still tastes good though)
I am craft challenged. Even though this looked like a pretty simple Halloween dessert, I still manged to kinda screw it up.
These were the problems I experienced:
White Chocolate – I ate one of the Ghiradelli squares because I couldn’t contain myself and ran out of white chocolate. I recommend buying 2 bars of chocolate just in case.
Spirals – I don’t think I melted the white chocolate enough because it wouldn’t come out of the baggie tip easily. I cut a bigger tip and it ended up coming out thick, and in squirts.
I didn’t have any room in my fridge to fit trays so I turned into a mad woman cleaning it out real quick.
I was also drinking Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, which might be why my spider looks like he was drunk spinning.
Don't drink and pipe
In the end, they were super delicious – Even the excess chocolate one that I made for kicks. It was fun and will definitely be easy for most people (I have a lot of room for improvement).
Next year I am going to do this again, but try dipping the pretzel sticks in white chocolate first.
If you try it let me know!
Any helpful tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Halloween is my favorite holiday – so naturally October is my favorite month. I love the weather, smells, colors, decorations, movies, haunted houses & hayrides, pumpkin carving, music playlists, magic, mystery…everything. Once October 1st hits I am in full swing. Unfortunately, there is so much to do with so little time.
To get into the spirit of the holiday, I decided I needed to spice up my nail polish with a little bit of black and orange. I headed straight to Rite Aid and bought a shiny, bright, metallic orange to go with the black Crackle nail polish that I already have, but never used.
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color (Crushed) to paint the base coat (I only did 1 layer because I am not experienced with Crackle and didn’t want my nails looking super thick)
After I let the orange dry for a bit, I applied the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat (Ink Splatter)
and finished it all off with a layer of clear top coat
It did the trick – however in my excitement, I may have ventured out pumpkin picking too soon afterwards because I chipped a couple nails (so much for Xtreme right?!). Luckily I had a bottle of WTF! Pinot Noir and a comedy handy for just this kind of crisis…
I’ve had better luck in terms of longevity with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish (don’t know if they make orange) but I’m sure other brands would be fine too
I would also try a lighter, brighter orange to make it pop more
UPDATE!!! ** My second attempt at Crackle was much better than the first. It is better to do 2 coats of nail polish first. It shows through brighter and cracks nicer. Also, one of my nails has chipped just a tiny bit – 12 hrs later. So I probably wouldn’t recommend buying Sally Hansen Xtreme because it just doesn’t live up to its name.
Safe to say I am addicted to Crackle Nail Polish, and can’t wait to try more colors for Halloween…maybe a green or purple next time. What do you think? Do you have an opinion on Crackle? I can’t decide if it’s fun or tacky, but with the magic of Halloween in the air, I don’t mind being a little of both.
Growing up I was a very peculiar child, so I’ve been told. I was selectively mute when I was little, which means I had the ability to talk, but decided not to. Nowadays, I probably would have been diagnosed with one thing or another, but my crazy self slipped through the cracks!
Today, I am still a weirdo and somewhat of an introvert. While I’ve outgrown being silent, I much more enjoy writing than speaking so I’ve created this blog called duzibatz, an expression inspired by my aunt. I didn’t speak to my aunt for years. She used to ask, “Cat got your tongue?” and I would respond by sticking it out.
Duzibatz [doo-zee-botz] adjective: crazy in the head
It’s a somewhat made up expression, concocted from the misinterpretation of my Italian aunt my whole life. It’s something that she would always yell at me, “Duzibatz! Crazy in the head!” When I decided I was going to start this blog, I thought it would be the perfect name. So my search for the proper spelling began, was it Doozibatz? Doosibotz? Doozipats? I couldn’t find it anywhere. Turns out that it is an entire sentence in Italian, “Tu sei pazza!” You’re crazy!